After studying psychology, law and European studies in Amsterdam, Marjo van Schaik began her career in the corporate sector and spent the 90s navigating the changing world of business.
Skills developed in leading and managing large budgets and a staff of 100 were easily transferred to the cultural sector where she was General Manager of National Opera and Ballet in Amsterdam for 5 years. She was then drawn to new challenges to be found in pioneering cultural organisations. Since 2009 she has been working in diverse roles as creative producer, researcher, strategic director, trainer and coach. She creates and initiates her own projects, such as Europe by People, where students, young professionals and artists worked together on the future city. In 2018 her PhD thesis “spaces of Culture” was published by NAI in a revised version for a larger audience. in Ukraine she regularly works as strategic advisor and coach of cultural projects in several cities ranging from Zhytomyr to Kharkiv and Kiev to Soledar. Since 2018 she has been working for the Kharkiv School of Architecture: not only as strategic advisor on development and management processes, but also she gives lectures related to her research and elective courses on leadership capacities.